Tasha, a Bodies By Design client, competes in her first fitness competition and finds her new passion through the labour of exercise!
My recent accomplishment was participating in my first fitness competition in the bikini division of the Ontario Physique Association show on May 11, 2013, in Mississauga. I had been training for a few years and decided that all my hard work needed some more focus in order to get my physique to the next level, so I decided to get on stage in a tiny bikini in front of 600+ people! That certainly pushed me to the next level as I wanted to present a package that was as good as or even better than the other girls! The prep was hard but I stayed true to my body and kept everything very healthy and natural, which was very important to me. I placed 8th out of 17 girls, which was disappointing at the time (something as little as my tan being a few shades too light knocked me out of the top 5), however it has only pushed my harder to do better in my next competition.
I am in the best shape I have ever been! I feel great in terms of health and confidence and it feels awesome! Aside from the physical benefits, I have received a lot of attention and recognition from other fitness professionals, as well as encouragement to continue in the industry.
I am currently getting involved in different areas of the fitness industry. I have gotten back into modeling (fitness instead of the skinny, unhealthy glamour stuff that I used to do). I am trying to make a name for myself on different social networks (FB: tasha star fitness and Instagram: @t_star_star). I have started helping others with diet/training guidance as well as competition prep. I am even working on a clean eating recipe book, as I have become super passionate about the food side of things since it was what really helped me take my work to the next level. Finally, I am competing again on November 23 in London, Ont., and hope to get a better result in terms of what I bring to the stage and what I take away from it.
Words of Wisdom…
Don’t underestimate what you are capable of in and outside of the gym. All too often I hear people are too busy or they can’t find time to work out or do meal prep. I work 3 jobs and still manage to prep all of my meals and train 5 days a week (2 hours a day), so it is possible! Also, when you are working out, always push yourself beyond what you think you can do because trust me, you can probably do more! It’s called WORKING out for a reason… Finally, never give up. There is always a way to achieve your goals!
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